Research

We are experienced in full-scale research projects, from stand-alone projects for companies wishing to answer business questions, to University collaborations and funding from UK Research Councils.

We enjoy designing models and approaches to complex real-world questions, and presenting the results to multiple audiences.

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Some of our academic publications are listed below:

Heather Wardle, Gaynor Astbury & Mark Thurstain-Goodwin. (2017). Mapping risk to gambling problems: a spatial analysis of two regions in England. Addiction Research and Theory, 5(6), 512-524.

Gaynor Astbury, Heather Wardle & Mark Thurstain-Goodwin. (2017). Measuring Area-Based Vulnerability to Gambling-Related Harm, in ESRI Map Book Volume 32. Redlands: ESRI Press.

ESRC/University of Southampton. (2015). British High Streets: from Crisis to Recovery? A Comprehensive Review of the Evidence.

Gaynor Astbury & Mark Thurstain-Goodwin. (2014). Measuring the Impact of Out-of-town Retail Development on Town Centre Retail Property in England and Wales. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, 7(4), 301-316.

Heather Wardle, Ruth Keily, Gaynor Astbury & Gerda Reith. (2014). ‘Risky Places?’: Mapping Gambling Machine Density and Socio-Economic Deprivation. Journal of Gambling Studies, 30(1), 201–212.

Gaynor Astbury & Mark Thurstain-Goodwin. (2012). How Can Britain Feed Itself? in Aileen Buckley (Ed.), ESRI Map Book Volume 27 (96). Redlands: ESRI Press.

David Banister & Mark Thurstain-Goodwin. (2011). Quantification of the non-transport benefits resulting from rail investment. Journal of Transport Geography, 19(2), 212–223.

Rob Hopkins, Mark Thurstain‐Goodwin & Simon Fairlie. (2006). Can Totnes and District Feed Itself? Exploring the practicalities of food relocalisation. Transition Network Working Paper.

Mark Thurstain-Goodwin & Yi Gong. (2005). Mapping long-term retail trends in London. Journal of Targeting Measurement and Analysis for Marketing, 13(3), 220–233.

Mark Thurstain-Goodwin & David Unwin. (2000). Defining and Delineating the Central Areas of Towns for Statistical Monitoring Using Continuous Surface Representations. Transactions in GIS, 4(4), 305–317.

 

The Geofutures Gambling & Place Research Hub

The Gambling & Place Research Hub is a collaboration between Dr Heather Wardle and Geofutures, looking at the relationship between gambling behaviour, location and communities.

The work of the Hub recognises the importance of communities and local environments in how gambling in Britain varies and seeks to explore and understand this.

Heather previously led gambling research at the National Centre for Social Research and was Project Director of the British Gambling Prevalence survey. She has over 12 years of experience working in applied social sciences and is recognised as a leading expert in British gambling research.

Our latest reports, including collaborations can be found here;

Framing a public health approach to gambling harms in Wales: Challenges and opportunities

Technical report: developing the gambling-related harm risk index for Wales

Heather Wardle, Gaynor Astbury and Mark Thurstain-Goodwin. (2017). Mapping risk to gambling problems: a spatial analysis of two regions in England. Addiction Research and Theory, 25(6) 512-524

Examining the effect of proximity and concentration of B2 machines to gambling play

Exploring area-based vulnerability to gambling-related harm: Who is vulnerable?

Exploring area-based vulnerability to gambling-related harm: Developing the gambling-related harm risk index

A spatial investigation of machines in bookmakers using industry data

‘Risky Places?’: Mapping Gambling Machine Density and Socio-Economic Deprivation. Journal of Gambling Studies, 30(1) 201-212

Mapping the social and economic characteristics of high density gambling machine locations

To find out more about our noted work in this area, contact us.